Artist’s Residency – Roadside Attractions Performance & Video

Following two more short-term residencies in BC and the UK in the fall 2008, I have been invited by Le centre de production DAÏMÕN in Gatineau, Quebec, to explore a longer research process for the traveling performance, Roadside Attractions. Documenting several public “micro-interventions” that are carried out on the roadside around the locations where I am working and living, these are edited into a video loop which then becomes the backdrop for a 20-minute stage performance: projected video accompanies repetitive action (such as skipping), and is punctuated by live narration (anecdotal bits of text related to being in transit / in transition).

As negotiating new terrain is the central premise of this work, I continue to focus on parallels between performance and travel, and examine comprehensive states of “performative consciousness,” investing “performative” presence within multiple spaces / times. Still rough around the edges, the video work indicates a hasty editing process, but the point isn’t to make a perfect, polished work, it is rather to underscore an urgency in production and presentation; to visually embody the disjointed process of “arriving.”

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